Honda Driver Almost Decapitated After Unsecured Wood Flies Off Pickup

A woman in Florida has been lucky to escape with her life after a piece of plywood smashed through the windscreen of her Honda Civic.

Brevard County Fire Rescue reports that a pickup truck was driving on Interstate 95 near Rockledge, Florida on Friday when an unsecured piece of plywood flew off the truck’s bed and smashed directly into the windscreen of the Civic following behind.

Shocking images from the scene show the huge piece of plywood stuck halfway into the cabin of the Honda.

It appears as though one of the corners of the plywood sheet initially broke through the windscreen, meaning it entered the windscreen at an angle and was stopped by the A-pillars. If the plywood didn’t hit the windscreen at an angle, it could have slipped between the A-pillars and decapitated the driver of the vehicle, 35-year-old Rebecca Burgman.

Autoblog reports that the Florida woman was treated for minor injuries, but things could have been much worse.

Authorities ticketed 51-year-old Jaime Riveira, the driver of the pickup truck, for faulty equipment. Riveira thought that he had secured the piece of plywood in the back of his truck. He was wrong.

Although the Honda driver escaped with her life, not everyone hit by unsecured loads is so lucky. According to an AAA study, 500 people were killed on U.S. roads by unsecured loads between 2011 and 2014. There were roughly 200,000 accidents of this sort during that period, leaving 39,000 people injured.

  • Sybill Julian

    final destination almost got her

  • schnittz

    She’s lucky that the car is made out of steel, if it was aluminum it’s sliced all off those pillars off!

    • Matteo Tommasi

      Aluminum is lighter AND stronger, so you’re wrong

      • dumblikeyou2

        Most spinnable tempers and alloys of aluminum dent, ding or scratch more easily as compared to steel. Steel is strong and less likely to warp, deform or bend under weight, force or heat. Nevertheless the strength of steel’s tradeoff is that steel is much heavier /much denser than aluminum

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        Aluminum is in no way, shape, or form stronger than steel.

      • schnittz

        Lighter yes, stronger not even close (if you compare same gauge aluminum to same gauge steel).

        • Matteo Tommasi

          Of course pure Al isn’t, we’re talking of what the automotive industry uses

          • schnittz

            You must of bought that “military grade aluminum” statement, sorry to break it to you, but that grade don’t exist! It’s just a term ford uses. And yes steel is still much stronger!

  • Jay

    If they didnt “Sugar Honey Iced Tea” themselves, then I certainly almost did it for them just looking at the photo.

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  • Mr. EP9

    And this is why you need to make sure your load is secure otherwise this could happen. It’s a good thing the driver was fine and thankfully there was no passenger otherwise they’d probably be dead.

  • Chung

    I would be super mad to almost kill him

  • salamOOn

    sergeant. i had it secured! i put a 2 cans of paint on it!

  • Good job it didn’t happen in the UK, not so lucky in a right hand drive car!

    • DMJ

      Probably the truck would be in a different lane too…

  • Stephen G

    Are people just getting more stupid everyday!

    • dumblikeyou2

      No, they have always been. It just wasn’t considered “news” or “journalism” pre-information age. If anything, we’re getting more stupid being force fed mountains of useless crap on the daily.

      Now let me get back to my Twitter feed, thanks

  • danno

    Had a large metal dumpster come off of a garbage flat bed truck , hit one of our F550 trucks, killed our driver.

  • Axel Cortez

    just a ticket ?

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